Meet Yassine, 21, Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Meet Yassine, 21, Hodgkin's Lymphoma

"When I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I was starting university and I had started a new job. It was a new phase of my life.

When I was first diagnosed everything was fine, life was good and I was making plans for my future... I still remember the day the doctors said “you have to undertake chemotherapy...” it was like the world collapsed on my shoulders.

I wasn’t even sure if I was scared about the treatment or worried about the side effects I would have to deal with in the future. I can only say it was horrible and the support I received made a big difference.

The struggle was real ... I had to go to treatment and carry on studying and working which drained all of my energy. I had so many side effects too; I put on so much weight that I wasn’t fitting in my clothes anymore. Even my friends back home barley recognised me. My hair was falling out, leaving me no option but to shave it all off.

When I was going to treatment it was such a nightmare! I hated needles and the nurses struggled giving me medication as I was sick most of the time. Nausea was the worst; I felt sick constantly and could taste the medicines they injected me with all day long. I wasn’t able to eat what I wanted either, which was horrible.

I fell into depression. I wasn’t looking after myself anymore; I was struggling and trying to live day by day but I was an emotionless - a body without a soul. I remember those days walking around without expression and without feelings. Everything was so dark and sad I stopped talking to most of my friends and going out because I felt so embarrassed.

I never gave up; I knew that the dark tunnel must have had an exit point and I could see the light far away - I was sure it was just a matter of time!

That light was Teens Unite.

The impact Teens Unite had on me was absolutely great ... I met people who felt like me, who have been in the same situation. People who I couldn’t get embarrassed with because they were like me.

Teens Unite brought back the life in me. I started to go to events, started to join activities and this helped me to overcome the illness. Everyone at Teens Unite - even just with a smile - have healed my wounds. I am forever grateful to Teens Unite for the help and for making me see life from a different perspective.

I am in remission now and hopefully I will never step a foot into an oncology department again! I am getting back into shape again and trying to move forward, but this has been a life changing experience that made me understand the real meaning of life."

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